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The Great Horse-Manure Crisis of 1894

Seems America had an “emissions” crisis near the turn of the 20th century. Although no one had an answer to the problem it seemed to take care of it self thanks to a new mode of transportation. I first read about this in Levitt and Dubners “Super Freakonomics,” and googling …

Roadside Giants

I stumbled on this in the Waymarking site. There’s a category of Giant Fiberglass Statues a.k.a. Muffler Men. I noticed a lot of them looked alike and must have been produced by one company for sale. After a quick Google search I found my answer and an interesting story. Steve: …

Solid Rock Churches

On a high volcanic rock plateau in Ethiopia stands a unique Christian holy site, Lalibela. In the 12th century, a crossed-shaped church called the House of St. George was built by cutting away the surrounding rock to leave a 12 meter by 12 meter cross. It is formed out of …

Sitting US President Under Enemy Fire

In a little known battle just outside Washington DC during the American Civil War, President Lincoln came out to see the battle and became the only sitting US President to come under enemy fire during a war. In fact a surgeon standing next to him was wounded by a confederate …

Skid Row origins

The term “skid row” takes its name from the run-down saloons and boarding houses near the skid roads of western logging camps. Source – Modern Marvels Episode: Logging Tech A skid road was a corduroy road made of logs, used to skid or drag felled trees through the woods or …

62 mile log flume

The longest log flume ever built extended over 62 miles running in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of California. Built by the Kings River Lumber Company in 1890 to harvest the giant redwoods. Regrettably, …the operation felled over 8,000 giant redwood trees, all over 2,000 years …